Recco has nothing to detain the visitor and can be safely ignored but the location of Hotel Elena makes up for it. A "find" for those seeking a relaxing modest hotel to explore the Portofino peninsula.
On arrival (by car) the priority is to secure a parking place. The hotel has two car parks, one at street level next to the main entrance, the other on the street below at beach level with access through a basement door. Frankly in this neck of the woods a car is a burden. For even if a hotel parking space is available on your return, parking is a nightmare in the whole area. It is best to abandon the thing and take to public transport. There are regular inexpensive trains and buses to the other nearby towns.
The reception staff are very friendly and could not be more helpful. Whilst the hotel is not a full service hotel, it is more of a upmarket B&B with a/c and direct views along Recco beach. If you do not wish to frequent local restaurants (not inspiring) and fortunate to have a room with a balcony upon which you can consume local take-away delicacies with incomparable views.
The hotel has its own private triangle of raked shingle with loungers and parasols. Swimming access is via steps from a sea wall. This is free for guests but there is no beach as such. Do not expect beach towels, so bring your own to lie on. However, the neighbouring privately maintained beach(?) - again expensively raked shingle, has a bar and restaurant, music and life guards etc. whilst sharing the same access for swimming (off the sea wall).
The guest rooms are peaceful and spotlessly clean. The breakfast buffet has a very good selection with substantial continental fare. There is acceptable bandwidth to the wifi available in the bar/restaurant/terrace area.
I would have no reservations of staying at the Elena again, it works very well as a jumping off point for the area. Santa Margherita Ligure is especially noteworthy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect location in the center of the beautiful Recco, the Hotel Elena enjoys an ideal setting nearby Portofino, Genoa and Cinque Terre. The Hotel Elena presents itself with an elegant Villa from which you can admire directly the sea. The hotel has been completely renewed in order to satisfy the most demanding guest without loosing the friendly atmosphere. Nearby the Elena guests can easily have access to Golf Course, Tennis Club, Imbarcadero for boats and ferries, Tourist Port with charter, Diving Centre and several bathing establishments. The hotel offers access to the private beach (from June 5 till to September 30) equipped with umbrellas and chairs and for which is required a supplement of 15 euros per day for two person. BREAKFAST: The Buffet breakfast is served from 7,30 am to 10,00 am. In summer you can have breakfast on the terrace where a Buffet is made of tasteful things - especially the typical "focaccia alla Genovese", cakes, pastries and freshly baked croissants prepared daily by the famous pastry Chef Pâtissiers Moltedo . Possibility to request a room service even for breakfast with a supplement of 5.00 euros. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elena Hotel Recco